How to Connect an Xbox One Controller in Windows 10

The steps in this article were performed using a Bluetooth Xbox One Controller (like this one from Amazon) and a Windows 10 laptop. We cover the steps briefly at the start of the article, then go more in depth below.

  1. Click the search field at the bottom of the window, type “Control Panel” then click the “Control Panel” result.
  2. Select Devices and Printers.
  3. Click the Add a device button.
  4. Press the Xbox button on your Xbox controller.
  5. Press and hold the Sync button on the back of the controller.
  6. Click the Xbox gaming controller option in the Add a device window, then click the Next button.
  7. Wait for the controller files to be installed.

The Xbox controller is a great way to play games on your PC. Provided that you have the correct version of the Xbox controller (the one with Bluetooth) and your Windows PC is up to date, then using the controller on your computer is possible.

If you had previously tried to make this connection and were having trouble, then it may be due to the method that you used to connect the controller to the computer. Our guide below uses a method involving the Control Panel, not the Settings menu, and could help you to install the controller if you have been having trouble.

Pairing an Xbox One Controller with Windows 10 Using the Control Panel

The steps in this article assume that you have a Bluetooth Xbox One controller and that your Windows 10 PC is up to date.

Step 1: Click in the search field at the bottom of your screen, type “Control Panel” then click the top result.

open the control panel

Step 2: Choose the Devices and Printers option.

choose Devices and Printers

Step 3: Select the Add a device option at the top of the window.

click the Add a device button

Step 4: Press the Xbox button on the controller.

press the Xbox button

Step 5: Press and hold the sync button on the back of the controller.

press and hold the sync button

Step 6: Choose the Xbox controller from the list of devices, then click Next.

select the Xbox controller, then click Next

Your computer should then indicate that it’s installing some files for the controller, then it should be ready to use.

wait for the controller to install

Did you know that you can configure Windows 10 to update other Microsoft products while it updates Windows 10? Find out where to enable that setting and make updating your computer a bit easier.

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